Thanks for your comment, interest in PREP and great questions! I agree it would be fantastic if the PREP platform took off and became a forecasting and decision-support tool that was widely available for communities around the globe.
The PREP Data Workgroup will work with our partners in India to ensure the accuracy and interoperability of the data. In general, the Data Workgroup seeks to identify and reduce the barriers to discovering, accessing, contributing, and using data for climate resilience. This workgroup includes entities that help identify and promote standards and best practices for data interoperability across the private and public sectors, and those working on improving accessibility to data. Currently, the Data Workgroup is led by Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP).
ESRI, producer of GIS, is a partner with PREP and serves on the Data Workgroup. The New Dehli and Telengana data will be uploaded to PREP's open data platform. In addition, we have begun discussion with ESRI to create an Open Data Hub for PREP India. The Open Data Hub allows anyone to access, view and download the data from our project. This will serve as a pilot on how ESRI technologies can be best incorporated within the PREP platform.
Thanks for the question. Work on the platform began in January 2016. PREP emerged out of the work of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), when a diverse group of organizations and private companies working with the CDI data decided to focus on the power of collaboration to address gaps in the CDI and enhance access to climate data and information worldwide. The beta version of the PREP platform was launched in September 2016. Currently, we are completing a comprehensive user needs assessment to guide the future version of the platform, interviewing a diverse, global group of climate adaptation and resilience practitioners. The reiteration, guided by the assessment results, will be completed in late summer/early fall.
Hi Ashley! Thanks for the helpful feedback! Our team has iterated the proposal based on your comments. We have addressed addressed your questions more specifically below.
1) How your concept impacts Peace, Prosperity and Planet?
Climate disruption - heat waves, flooding, droughts, sea level rise - are having large-scale negative impacts on the Prosperity of communities right now, and all of these impacts will increase over the next decade. These same events, as well as longer-term changes in climate, have been definitively shown to have large scale negative impacts on Peace. This was perhaps most clearly demonstrated in a research article in the journal Science titled "Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict". For communities around the world facing the sharp end of the climate change stick, the most important action they can take is to plan for change. That said, planning for change requires access to evidence, and the PREP partnership was established to make that evidence easier to access, translate, scale, and integrate into resilience and adaptation plans. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (http://www.prepdata.org/ ), is fueled by the recognition that most communities around the world do not have the capacity they need to develop evidence informed action plans, and a bit reason for this is lack of easy access to the data they need to plan. If we are going to solve these issues at scale, we need to work with communities such as New Delhi and Telengana.
2) Since design thinking is all about empathizing with the user can you expand in more concrete detail early on who your product/service serves in the "Who Benefits Section" This can include your partners, collaborators, communities already using the platform, etc.. .
Broadly, PREP and the services it provides serve vulnerable communities, technology innovators seeking social impact and the global environment research community. This project will directly serve one city (New Delhi) and one state (Telengana) to develop climate planning dashboards and insights, helping to move the PREP platform from a model to a tool. The New Delhi project will investigate four themes—equity and ecological justice, equality and the challenge of ecological poverty, sustainability and the challenge of balance, and democracy and the challenge of taking beyond electoral practices utilizing climate and socioeconomic data, and a community dialogue series with economists, ecologists and policy makers. The Telengana project will conduct wasteland, water, agriculture and forest climate vulnerability assessments employing downscaled climate data and models, supporting access to clean water and productive agriculture. PREP has partnered with a local NGO, the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi (CSE-India), and technology company, Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI), two organizations with strong connections to public and private sector decision-making communities in New Delhi and Telengana. These organizations will benefit from additional resources to engage with local communities on climate resilience plans. In addition, researchers and communities around the world will be able to identify and learn from the climate and socioeconomic problems addressed in the New Delhi and Telengana dashboards and insights pages hosted on PREP.
3) What are your plans for generating impact in the next 1-2 years?
Working as a global team, we will develop full dashboards and insights sections hosted on PREP for New Delhi and Telengana. The goals of this project are 1) to bring the needs of cities and states in India into the PREP platform and serve these communities, and 2) to use the needs of these communities as a guide the next phase of development of the PREP platform, so that the platform can provide efficient peer to peer learning between communities around the world, and two way communication between communities making decisions with climate data and data producing organizations generating those data for communities.